Alma College Choirs Present Festival of Carols in Midland, Alma
The combined Alma College Choirs will ring in the Christmas season
with their annual performance of the Festival of Carols in Midland and
More than 180 singers will share the stage and fill the air with the songs of the Christmas season during the holiday performances at two locations.
• The choirs will perform at the Midland Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tickets can be reserved directly from the MCFTA Box Office at (800) 523-7649. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.
• Performances at the Remick Heritage Center on the Alma College campus will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets for the campus performances are $10 for adults and $3 for students and children. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The Alma Women's Glee Club, College Chorale and Alma College Choir will perform along with some smaller groups. “Scots on the Rocks” and “Pretty in Plaid” will sing a contemporary harmonization of familiar carols, and members of the Alma College Percussion Ensemble will perform.
The choirs will perform traditional, sacred Christmas music such as “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In," as well as some less well-known carols like “Huron Carol,” “March of the Kings” and “O Yule Full of Gladness.”
“The secular music of Christmas is not part of the Festival of Carols; we concentrate on the carols that tell the Christmas story, and we leave Santa, Frosty and Rudolph for the radio stations,” said Will Nichols, Secrest Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Alma College.
The performance at the Midland Center for the Arts has become an annual tradition, said Nichols.
“We have been pleased to have wonderful audiences in Midland in past years, and we expect another large and enthusiastic audience this year,” he said.
Nichols thanks the volunteers of the Midland Memorial Presbyterian Church for stepping up again this year to provide dinner for all the Alma students.
“They will prepare a wonderful meal for us and let us use their classrooms to change from everyday college clothes to concert uniforms,” he said.
The real challenge of the program is moving nearly 200 students to Midland. The College has chartered three busses and a rental truck and will use several College vans to execute the mass exodus to Midland.
Posted: Tue, November 21st, 2006 at 3:18PM